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Honoring Excellence

Written by Mike Thee
April 10, 2012

Two of our colleagues will be honored among this year's six recipients of alumni awards at a special celebration on April 17.

Bill Weis, professor of management in the Albers School of Business and Economics, will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award, while head women's soccer coach Julie Woodward, '93, is being honored with the University Service Award.

Other honorees include Martha Choe, '87, chief administrative officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Alumna of the Year; Paul A. Newman, Ph.D., '78, senior scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who will receive the Professional Achievement Award; Tricia Trainer, '01, a longstanding volunteer and supporter of the Chief Seattle Club, who will receive the Community Service Award; and Rosa Singer, '02, director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE USA, who will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award.

Weis is widely praised as an exemplar of academic excellence. "Bill has dedicated his whole career to Seattle University and our students," Albers Dean Joe Phillip, said. "He is an exceptional teacher and there is very strong student demand for his courses. Many students have described his courses as life-changing and the hallmark of their education at Seattle University. Bill is an incredibly innovative and creative teacher. He has also been an exceptional colleague for faculty and staff in the Albers School-he is one of the most supportive and affirming people in our college."

Weis served as program director of Albers' MBA program from 1995 to 2009. He is co-founder of the Pacioli Society, creating the award-winning video documentary on the life and contributions of Luca Pacioli, and was a catalyst in the national effort to eliminate smoking in the workplace.

Weis was recognized as the State of Washington's Outstanding Accounting Educator in 1990-91, and given a special award for "Outstanding Contributions to Leadership Training" by the National Council of Beta Alpha Psi in 1992. In 1993 Beta Alpha Psi named him the Outstanding Faculty Advisor, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship from the university for his concern for SU and its students, while exemplifying the ideals of Jesuit education.

"I'm deeply honored to receive this recognition from the alumni of Seattle University," Weis said. "The only greater award I could hope for I've already received-the opportunity to spend my academic career at this great university, working with colleagues and with students who have been the inspiration of my life. During my almost 40 years at SU I have never wished, even for a second, to be someplace else. It's especially gratifying to share this year's recognition with my friend and colleague Julie Woodward, who, as both an alumna and current soccer coach, represents the very best of Seattle University."

Bill Hogan, director of Athletics, agreed. "Julie is a terrific role model for our young female athletes. She is doing an outstanding job for her alma mater and she's been instrumental in bringing us back to Division I athletics and into the Western Athletic Conference."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every day I have worked at Seattle University," Woodward said. "It has been an amazing experience. I feel honored and blessed to work for an institution whose Mission and values align with those of my family. To be presented with this award is such an honor, but interesting at the same time as I feel I am the one who should be more indebted and grateful to Seattle University for all it has done for me throughout my personal and professional career." 

A member of the SU Athletics Hall of Fame for her time as a player, Woodward has been head coach for 15 years, leading the team to 13 winning seasons and earning various conference, regional and national accolades. Woodward has been named the Far West Region Coach of the Year. She has coached five CoSIDA Capital One/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, 20 Academic All-District VIII selections and following the 2006-07 season, player Ana Gutierrez was an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist. Among active coaches, Woodward is also ranked in the NCAA Division I and II all-time coaching record books. In 2011, she added to her illustrious coaching resume by earning her 200th career victory.